Thursday, May 4, 2017

Thursday Jive 5-3-17

Good evening, it's Thursday, May 4th. This is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of nighttime programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown. By day, WESU offers talk radio from NPR and Pacifica, as well as independent and local public affairs sources. Weeknights and weekends our student and community volunteers bring you the best in free-form programming.
I'm Ben Michael, Thanx for tuning in!  

Here's a rundown of what's going down in our area this week.
The Middletown ART WALK happens tonight and every first Thursday, from 5-8pm and tours local galleries featuring work by local artists and crafts for kids and grownups.   to learn where to meetup.

Tonight, The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown opens a new Galley show, "Seeing the Unseen: Connecting to Creation" a display of Magic Realism by Phoebe Legere.  Later, tonight it’s Bob Gotta’s monthly Acoustic Open Mic at The Buttonwood.  Friday, Story City Troupe brings you a night of storytelling. Saturday, morning brings the weekly Aligned with the Source workshop.  Saturday evening, DenMar Jamz! with Carol Hahn. Sunday the theater troupe, Concrete Tomato, with History of the Future and Cloud 9.   

Here at Wesleyan University in Middletown in the World Music Hall tonight (thurs) evening, The Beginner Javanese Gamelan ensemble will perform with a prelude by the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble. Heinrich Isaac performs “Hofkomponist to Emperor Maximilian I” on Friday, May 5, followed by Wesleyan Korean Drumming and Taiko Ensembles in the Crowell Concert Hall. The Spring Faculty Dance Concert: Shake takes the stage Friday, May 5, and Saturday in the CFA Theater. You can see the Wesleyan University Orchestra Concert on Saturday, May 6, in the Crowell Concert Hall. Full details at 

Tonight (Thurs) at Cafe Nine in New Haven, MARBIN and Strawberry Cheesesteak, make for a night for a night of genre bending progressive jazz-rock. Café Nine’s  Weekly Friday Wind Down Happy Hour features LYNN MALAVOLTE and SOLIN at 5pm. Later, Friday night, Café Nine presents a CD release party for KINDRED QUEER. DR. CATERWAUL'S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS shares that bill. Saturday's weekly JAZZ JAM is WITH MIKE COPPOLA AND FRIENDS this week. Saturday night JACQUES LE COQUE, DUST HAT and THE RIGHT OFFS, offer a night of rough, raw, fuzzy rock n' roll. "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee at Café Nine from Cygnus Radio features MARCH & BEAUTY and JELLYSHIRTS, and THE STRAY BIRDS and Five in the Chamber play later on.  

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight, you can catch the premiere of the CT Blues Society’s ANNUAL BAND CHALLENGE where bands compete to win a chance to represent CT in Memphis in the national finals! Tomorrow/Friday brings MIXED SIGNALS- CINCO DE MAYO PARTY. On Saturday, SHAKA & THE SOUL SHAKERS play WITH THE SCISSORMEN for some rockin' slide guitar.  

At Toad’s Place in New Haven  Thursday, you can catch PNB ROCK with Daveon and DJ Meechie & Hosted by G.Money da Prince**. Friday the 5th, brings the SPRING HEELED JACK USA RECORD RELEASE PARTY to Toad’s featuring The Doped Up Dollies and The Snails. Sunday night, AB-SOUL’s YMF TOUR stops at Toads.

Manic's Presents Twiddle and Sinkane tis Friday (5/5) at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven. Saturday, Manic Presents Mayday Parade: A Lesson In Romantics 10th Anniversary Tour with musical guests Knuckle Puck, and Milestones, at the College Street Music Hall. Additionally on Saturday, Manic presents Preoccupations and Furnsss at The Ballroom at The Outer Space inHamden. Sunday, The Cult and VOWWS take the stage at the College Street Music Hall.   for details.

This Saturday, Cross Street AME Zion Church, Middlesex Chapter of NAACP, and  Wesleyan University presents a  COLLEGE FAIR AND ADMISSIONS WORKSHOP from 11 am – 3 pm. At Cross Street AME Zion Church on West Street in Middletown  more info at  860-344-9527 or 

State Representative Matt Lesser will host ARTFARM’s seventh Shakespeare Slam on Saturday, May 6 at the Community Health Center in Middletown. This year’s theme is “Speak Truth To Power” and will feature over twenty performers raising funds to Benefit ARTFARM's 2017 Shakespeare in the Grove production of Hamlet, which will run July 12 -23. For more information about performing, sponsoring a performer, or attending Shakespeare Slam VII, go to, or email

This Sunday, brings The CROMWELL RECORD RIOT! To The Radisson Hotel from 9:30 AM until 3:30  PM. The event features over 45 dealer tables selling LP's. 45's, CD's, DVD's, Collectibles, much more.

Now, here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Through next Thursday, Hartford’s Real Art Ways is showing A QUIET PASSION, starring Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson in this biopic. Friday, Real Art Ways opens a run of: opens CITIZEN JANE: BATTLE FOR THE CITY, about the consequences of modern planners’ and architects’ reconfiguration of cities. Sunday RAW is also showing Buster Keaton’s silent classic THE GENERAL - WITH LIVE MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT. Details & screening times at

Through Thursday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford is showing the French film, Personal Shopper, the tale of a young American working as the personal shopper to an obnoxiously wealthy socialite in Paris, whilst trying to connect with her dead twin at the same time. Friday and Saturday, Cinestudio presents The Oscar Nominated Live Action Short Films 2017:  Saturday evening, Trinity Film Festival returns to Cinestudio for the 6th year. On Sunday, you can see Land of Mine, a story exploring the moment when war ends and the road to rediscovering one’s humanity begins.

Back here in Middletown, at the Russell Library’s Hubbard Room on Saturday at 1 p.m., you can catch a screening of Ava DuVernay's film '13th', which links the 13th amendment to mass incarceration will be shown. Details at

Now, here's what's on the air tonight, on WESU:
Right after the Jive stick around for Homegrown with Rob DeRosa featuring Connecticut Connected music until 6:30pm.

After that until 8pm, Imagine with Karen Stein, offers peace through music! With uplifting music from around the world and around the block!

From  8-8:30pm tonight, The Radical Radio with Oracle offers a weekly update on progressive news, that combines interviews, reporting, and discussion to look at the current state of the American left.

At 8:30 its back to the music on Evening Jazz with Bill Denert, where "Hearing is the best experience" offering a broad range of swing, be bop and avante garde with a sprinkling of new releases. 

At 10om Jazzalicious Definition with MC Mcgee and DJ Stocks'n'Socks offers an hour of
Jazz and jazz influenced music with something different every week.

From 11-midnight The American Empire with, Tootse Mutant explores the effects of American Cultural Imperialism on the world's soundscape. From Peruvian Punk to Japanese Jazz we'll take a look at how other countries have adopted American music styles.

At midnight The Audible Underground with Joshinvents invites listeners to explore a variety of underground music by independent or relatively unknown artists from many genres, while occasionally discussing current events neglected by mainstream media.

From 1-2am Festival Files with DJ Frita takes a look back at legendary folk and rock concerts from around the country and the music idols that dominated the stages throughout the years.

From 2-4am DJ coroner's last will & testimony Haunts the midnight airwaves with an eclectic mix of oneiric, experimental sounds. Ambient, noise, drone, footwork, art pop, poetry readings and more.

That’s all for today’s Jive At Five. Tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 p.m. to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at WESU 88.1 FM, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939. IF you like what you hear on WESU, please help sustain the service we provide by making a donation in support of our spring pledge drive, happening, now. Donate online at where you can find images of our awesome new thank you gifts, station audio archives, playlists, and more! 

Thanks in advance for your contribution and stay tuned for Homegrown with Rob DeRosa up next.

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